Financial report

Analyzing Value

How Much Money Can Transitioning to Single-Use Cystoscopes Save?

The per-use cost of a reusable cystoscope was calculated to be $272.41 while the single-use option was $185.

A 90-day trial of single-use cystoscopes generated significant cost savings for a tertiary care center.

This micro-costing analysis published in The Journal of Urology in September found that transitioning to the single-use aScope 4 Cysto from Ambu saved this center (the name and location were not revealed) nearly $10,000 in the three-month period and would generate nearly $40,000 savings annually.

The per-use cost of a reusable cystoscope was calculated to be $272.41 while the single-use option was $185.

The 90-day trial began Nov. 1, 2020 and ran through Jan. 29, 2021. All urology care was performed with the single-use cystoscope unless it could not complete a procedure satisfactorily or one was not available.

The aScope 4 Cysto was able to successfully complete cases 92 percent of the time. In three cases where a reusable cystoscope was needed, it was because a single-use one was not available.

The authors write that they conducted the trial due to a “paucity of cost-effectiveness studies examining implementation” of single-use cystoscopes inside hospitals. Reusable flexible cystoscopes, meanwhile, have widespread utilization “with known associated upfront purchasing, processing and service costs.”

The researchers received no funding for this study.

Another recent study conducted in the United Kingdom found single-use cystoscopes generated a 20 percent cost savings. Additionally, 95 percent of patients surveyed in that study said they preferred the single-use scope to a reusable one.

Single-Use Endoscopy is part of Ambu USA’s learning center.

More Health Economics Articles
Here’s How Much Improper Waste Disposal Costs U.S. Hospitals
Supply Costs
Endoscopy is part of the problem – a survey of doctors, nurses, and technicians found that most are unaware of the correct protocol for disposing accessories, including those used to take samples during a bronchoscopy.
How the Growing Global AMR Threat Adds to Endoscopy Costs
Supply Costs
Many hospital-acquired infections are caused by antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, and require intense antibiotic treatment. Should comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs include proper infection prevention protocols for handling and using devices like bronchoscopes?
More From Single-Use Endoscopy
As an extension of our hands, phones must be considered when it comes to contamination

Patient Safety

It’s possible that anesthesiologists, clinicians, and other hospital staff can introduce infections into operating rooms unknowingly, via contaminated mobile devices.

No Outbreak, No Problem? Duodenoscopes May Still Harbor Contamination

Preventing Infection

A recent study found more than 5 percent of reprocessed duodenoscopes harbor “high-concern” organisms despite the lack of an infection outbreak.

How Social Media Benefits Both Urologists and Their Patients

Public Health

Urologists discuss the advantages and disadvantages of social media, which platforms early-career urologists can use to share content and engage with patients, and common pitfalls to avoid.